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A subtrope of Cephalothorax
, a character's body is primarily an eyeball. Common variants include a character made of several smaller eyes around one giant center eye or a single eyeball above a wide mouth. A third common variation is a single disembodied eye with a pair of demonic wings. These creatures will generally move by simply floating in the air like a bubble if wingless. If they have limbs, they tend towards tentacles or wings rather than arms and legs. May attack using special eye-related attacks such as petrifying
gaze or Eye Beams
. Because of the symbolism between disembodied eyes and evil
creatures like this are more often evil than not. It is also a good way to make them appear truly alien.
The name comes from the latin: "Oculus" meaning eye and "Thorax" well, for the thorax
See also (and please do not confuse with) Cyclops
and Faceless Eye
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Anime & Manga
- Suezo from Monster Rancher is this.
- Medama-Oyaji from GeGeGe no Kitaro
- One of Demon Detective Neuro's 777 Tools of Hell is Evil Friday, a swarm of little eyeballs with legs that he can see through. While most commonly used for research, reconnaissance, and tracking, they're shown to have lives and personalities of their own, and one memorable aside shows that they enjoy participating in racing. Why Evil Friday? Who knows?
- In the Tokko manga, Kureha keeps a little pet phantom in her jacket pocket that is basically just an eyeball with legs.
- Dark Schneider from Bastard!! at one point encounters a beholder, which is virtually identical to the page image.
- Doctor Strange: Dr. Strange's enemy Shuma-Gorath has no true form, but he prefers a six-tentacled, starfish-like form with a single giant eye.
- A post-2000 pre-2010 X-Men comic book introduced us to a disciple / cousin of Shuma-Gorath which is a six-tentacled, starfish-like form with MANY eyes. They have a fight. Triangle wins.
- Similarly, Starro, a Justice League of America foe, is a starfish with one big eye in the middle or at least, post-retcon, his drones are.
Films — Animation
- From Monsters, Inc.: Mike Wazowski, who is mostly a giant eyeball, with a small mouth and spindly arms and legs.
Films — Live-Action
- Big Trouble in Little China had a Beholder-like monster.
- The aliens in It Came from Outer Space.
- One of the monsters in Voyage into Space is a giant floating eyeball.
- The Mad Scientist in Freaked has, as his trusty lieutenants, a pair of Rastafarian, machine gun-using eyeballs the height of a normal person. The inherent flaw of such a guardian became apparent when the hero discovers how well A Handful for an Eye works on someone who is all eye.
- The 1958 B-Movie The Crawling Eye (aka The Trollenberg Terror)
- Early Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers monster Eye Guy is built entirely out of eyeballs. His "Core" form is a single Eyeball floating in the air, making him this.
- The Atraxi in Doctor Who "The Eleventh Hour" is nothing except a giant eye. Check it out.
- Beljoxa's Eye in Buffy the Vampire Slayer is a... thing made of several eyes.
- Pee-Wee's Playhouse once hosted Roger the Monster, a big eye with a mouth underneath, all attached to a foot-like body. Although friendly, it made few appearances, probably due to the prop's cumbersome nature.
- Dungeons & Dragons
- The Beholders are the Trope Codifier for this type of monster in fantasy settings.
- The Eye of the Deep: An underwater Beholder-like creature with a large central eye that sends out a blinding flash of light that dazzles and stuns its victims.
- Floating Eye: A fish with a single large eye that hypnotizes its target.
- Eyewing: A creature of the Abyss with bat wings and an 8 foot long rat's tail. Has a 4 foot wide eye that weeps an acidic, poisonous blue liquid. The liquid forms into a 1 foot diameter sphere when the Eyewing drops it on its target below.
- Magic: The Gathering has the Evil Eye of Urborg. The Evil Eye of Orms-by-Gore appears to be related, but the artwork is zoomed in too closely to see its full body.
- Mortasheen has the Oculapus, an octopus creature that cantransfer what it sees to its creator over a distance of miles. It's also severly agorophobic, and uses and old-timey diving helmet to shield itself from the outside world.
- The Floating Eyes of NetHack that stuns you for a long time if you strike it.
- One of the monsters in Conan: Hall of Volta was a large floating eyeball.
- The "Eyeball" costume in the Costume Quest DLC "Grubbins on Ice".
- The Wise One in Golden Sun.
- Mr I from Super Mario 64 is just an eyeball.
- The Ahriman in Final Fantasy games.
- The Pain elementals and Cacodemons from Doom.
- EverQuest 1 and 2 and has the "Evil Eyes".
- Shin Megami Tensei has several, like Ichimokuren.
- A betentacled floating eyeball early boss in Raidou Kuzunoha vs. The Soulless Army.
- Ameno-Sagiri, a giant laser eyeball boss from Persona 4.
- The Feyesh in Super Smash Bros. is a flying eyeball fish with tentacles. Yuck.
- Stalkers in RuneScape.
- The Legend of Zelda
- A Link to the Past: The Dark World's Goddamned Bats are eyeballs with bat wings. Vitreous, the boss of the Misery Mire, is a giant eyeball surrounded by smaller eyeballs.
- And Adventures of Link has some flying eyeballs. Incredibly annoying flying eyeballs. Some of which are invisible without the right item.
- The "Ocular Parasite" boss in Skyward Sword, which is four giant eyeballs on stalks, and a fifth giant eyeball with a mouth and wings, also on a stalk.
- Vaati, the boss of the The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords games, generally takes the form of a giant eyeball with 4-6 bat wings.
- Suezoes from Monster Rancher are naught but eyeballs and mouths on a single tiny tail/foot-like appendage.
- Charade, of Soul Calibur, is a humanoid with an eyeball for his thorax. He still has a faceless "head" too.
- Overlord has beholders that teleport enemies into combat, as well as projecting an energy field directly below them that vaporizes minions and inflicts heavy damage on the Overlord.
- The (very low-level) Aibatt mobs in Fly FF.
- The Mardek series has several floating eyeball monsters, most of them Palette Swaps based on element, but in a bit of a twist they each usually have a "polyp" form as an eyeball stuck to the ground with a stem that is explained to eventually grow into the floating eyeball form.
- Many of the bosses in the Kirby series are like this. In no particular order, there's Kracko, Dark Matter, Dark Nebula, Zero, Zero-Two, Drawcia Soul, and Dark Mind's second form.
- Small, medium, and large in Terraria: Servants of Cthulhu, Floating Eyes, and the Eye of Cthulhu.
- The MONOCULUS! from Team Fortress 2.
- The Oculons in Ascendancy (although like most of the other examples here, they're a race of chivalrous astronomers, rather than being evil or otherwise disturbing.)
- Subverted with Roggenrola from Pokémon. What looks like its eye is actually its ear.
- The old Might and Magic verse had Evil Eyes/Beholders, who are heads with a single giant eye floating on tentacles, optionally with additional eyes on eyestalks. They were created by a mad mage to serve as living weapons, and do well in that role, even if they hadn't entered service by the time the war they were made for ended.
- Devil World has Medaman, who thanks to a Japanese Visual Pun turns into a fried egg when defeated by fire breath.
- "Floating Eye" demons in World of Warcraft. (The model's file name is "beholder.") The Throne of Thunder raid added the boss Durumu the Forgotten, whose fight revolves around various eye-themed attacks.
- Monoeyes from the Kid Icarus series are exactly what they say on the tin.
- A common enemy in the Castlevania series are "flying eyes" (which sometimes have tails).
- The Killer Eye viruses in the Mega Man Battle Network series. They stay perfectly still and attempt to zap anything that enters their line of sight with a paralyzing beam.
- Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale has the bat-winged Eyebats.
- The Mogal and its upgraded form, as part of the Demon Hordes of Fire Emblem Sacred Stones.
- The Ultima series has Gazers, which look like the D&D creature but aren't called that for copyright reasons. When killed, they release insects, making them Bee Holders.
- Orbs — the aliens that conquered Earth in Manhunter series. Especially the variety holding New York in the first game — just carnivorous floating eyes.
- Gazers and eyebeasts from Geneforge series are for all intents and purposes renamed beholders with a smaller main eye.
- Evil Eyes, Vile Eyes and the Gazer from Dragon's Dogma are similar to beholders, save for the "eyestalks" having mouths on the end.
- Vel'Koz, an upcoming champion in League of Legends is an example of this.
- Jonny Quest
- Dr. Zin's Robot Spy is a robot composed of giant eye on spider legs.
- Several more of them appear in the Jonny Quest: The Real Adventures episode "The Robot Spies".
- The title creature in "The Invisible Monster".
- In The Venture Bros., Doctor Venture builds a robot that's almost identical to the Robot Spy as one of the series' many Shout Outs to Jonny Quest. It is later used as a new body for H.E.L.P.eR.
- ReBoot features this as a sprite in one of the games. A single eyeball that uses its nerves and veins as limbs, like an octopus.
- The Eye from Twelve Ounce Mouse is a giant eye with legs and a mouth. Other characters comment on how gross he is.
- On an episode of Regular Show, Benson hires one of these named Peeps to watch Mordecai and Rigby to ensure that they don't slack off, but he didn't read the fine print that said Peeps will watch over everyone in the park till they die.
- William, a character from The Amazing World of Gumball, is an eyeball with wings.
- Futurama: The crew comes across the beholder from the 1st Edition AD&D Monster Manual, acting as a sentinel in the Central Bureaucracy HQ. It's sleeping, they slip past it, and the thing starts whining about its supervisor.
- The Powerpuff Girls fought a beholder-like creature made up almost entirely of eyes in the Season 3 episode "The Mane Event".
- The Monster of the Week in My Life as a Teenage Robot is an invisible eyeball stealing eye-based items (like glasses) that fools people into thinking he's an invisible man with a coat and hat dangled on one of its tentacles. After reluctantly wearing the super sensory (but embarrassing looking) new eyes her mother made, Jenny exploits its weakness by kicking sand into the eye... which it then humorously subdues itself by picking up all the wrong things to help the burning (hot sauce, a magnifying glass, and a pointy stick).
- Junior in 1/0 is literally a sapient eyeball.